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AFC West Rundown: Week 4

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DENVER BRONCOS (2-1)**

Week 4: The Broncos had their bye week

What's next: After a week off, the Broncos take on the undefeated Cardinals at home.

Between the hash marks:

  • Peyton Manning needs just one touchdown pass to join Brett Favre as the only two players in NFL history with 500 career touchdowns.
  • Emmanuel Sanders leads the league with 8.3 receptions per game and is third with 111.3 receiving yards per game.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (2-2)

*Week 4: The Chiefs defeated the Patriots 41-14 at home on Monday night

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How it happened: With the help of three Jamaal Charles touchdowns, the Chiefs put the Patriots in a 27-0 deficit in the third quarter. Two Tom Brady interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, capped off one of the worst losses in Bill Belichick's tenure at New England. The Chiefs racked up 207 yards on the ground, including 107 from Knile Davis and 92 from Charles. Alex Smith was excellent in front of the rowdy crowd, completing 20-of-26 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns. The Chiefs outgained the Patriots 443 to 290 in total yards.

It was over when: Tom Brady's pass was intercepted by Husain Abdullah and returned for a touchdown. That was Brady's last play of the game as he was replaced by rookie Jimmy Garoppolo.

Key performer: After missing last week's game with a sprained ankle, Jamaal Charles ran for 92 yards and one rushing touchdown and caught two short touchdown passes.

Between the hashmarks:

  • The Chiefs hadn't produced any takeaways during their first three games of the season but had three on Monday night.
  • Before the win, the Chiefs were riding a four-game losing streak at home.

What's next: The Chiefs head to San Francisco to take on the 49ers.

OAKLAND RAIDERS (0-4)

Week 4: Lost 38-14 to the Dolphins in London

How it happened: The Raiders had the first and final scores of the game, but couldn't get anything going in between. Ryan Tannehill had the best first half of his career with a 146.5 passer rating and completed 17-of-19 passes, including his final 14 of the half. The Dolphins outplayed the Raiders in every aspect of the game and racked up 435 total yards compared to the Raiders' 317. Dolphins cornerback Cortland Finnegan returned a fumble 50 yards for a touchdown to increase the Dolphins' win margin. Quarterback Derek Carr left the game early due to knee and ankle injuries and the team announced Tuesday that Dennis Allen has been relieved of his duties as head coach.

It was over when: On fourth-and-6 with less than two minutes left, replacement quarterback Matt McGloin was sacked for a loss of eight.

Key performer: Ryan Tannehill was truly the star on Sunday as he finished 23-of-31 for 278 yards and two touchdowns.

Between the hashmarks:

  • Maurice Jones-Drew returned for the Raiders after missing the previous two games with a hand injury but totaled one yard on two carries.
  • The Raiders had three takeaways in the game, including TJ Carrie's first career interception.

What's next: The Raiders have a bye week, but will host San Diego in Week 6.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (3-1)

Week 4: Won 33-14 against Jacksonville

How it happened: After trailing 14-10 in the second, the Chargers went on a 23-0 run to defeat the Jaguars. Phillip Rivers finished the game 29-of-39 for 377 yards and three touchdowns, including two touchdown tosses to Eddie Royal. Rivers and the passing game was key in the Chargers' win as they couldn't find rhythm in their ground game, finishing with just 42 rushing yards. The Chargers took advantage of rookie Blake Bortles' first start and he was picked off twice.

It was over when: Nick Novak chipped in a 37-yard field goal to increase the Chargers' lead to 33-14 with 1:13 remaining.

Key performer: While both Keenan Allen and Eddie Royal had excellent days, Phillip Rivers executed at an extremely high level on Sunday, finishing with a passer rating of 130.0 and completing 74 percent of his passes.

Between the hashmarks:

  • Eddie Royal and Keenan Allen combined for 240 receiving yards during the game. Royal had touchdown catches of 47 and 43 yards.
  • The Chargers are now at a plus-5 turnover ratio, tied for second in the NFL.

What's next: The Chargers will play the 1-3 Jets at home.

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